Friday, December 4, 2015

Kartavya Organizes Blood Donation Camp at Magneto

Kartavya, the CSR club of IIM Raipur in association with Indian Red Cross Society Raipur and HDFC Bank organized a blood donation camp at Magneto the Mall, Raipur on 1st December 2015. World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December every year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the disease, providing them encouragement to overcome all obstacles in life and to make them realize that they are no different but one amongst us.

As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people worldwide (1981-2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claims an estimated 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children.

Kartavya and Indian Red Cross Society in association with HDFC Bank successfully organized the blood donation camp with a primary motive of spreading awareness among the people regarding World AIDS Day. With an objective of maximizing participation, such a  place which can attract a great number of people, was chosen. Students of IIM Raipur had been publicizing the event and its importance among the people of Raipur for the previous two days. Posters were put up at different places and social media was also involved to promote the event.

The event started at about 3:00 PM in the afternoon because that is the time when people come for leisure to the malls and have plenty of time with them. A lot of students apart from the club members volunteered to help make this event a success which it really turned out to be by the time it ended at 8 PM. By that time blood samples of about 150 persons had been tested and about most of them had donated blood.

The people were initially asked to fill out a questionnaire which had questions related to their medical history and anything that could have an impact on their blood donating ability. Blood samples were also taken and tested to make sure that people who were donating were capable enough and that the blood being taken was healthy enough.
There were six beds to recline the donating persons and during the whole event rarely one could see any bed empty as people kept on pouring in to donating blood responding to the human call of IIM students. Some people even requested after the time was over to donate their blood because of which timing had to be extended.

In the end it turned out to be a very successful event not just because a lot more than expected people had donated blood but because even those who did not donate became more aware about it and about the importance of World AIDS Day. It was a way to make the people affected by such diseases feel as if they are no different than us. The day was devoted to them and them alone.